FSSAI orders mandatory training for all Central and State licensed FBOs
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), vide an order dated 6th October 2017 (“Order”), has declared mandatory training for all Central and State licensed Food Business Operators (“FBO”). The FSSAI has mandated all food businesses, having Central License or State License, to have at least one trained and certified Food Safety Supervisor for every 25 food handlers or part thereof on all their premises.
Key Highlights of the Order
- To implement this policy, FSSAI has designed a large-scale Food Safety Training & Certification Program (FoSTaC) for food businesses across the value chain. The curriculum and content for the training have been created centrally.
- The training is to be delivered through Training Partners including large Food Business Operators; Academic and Vocational Institutions; Training Partners approved under Skill Development Councils and Missions; Industry, Scientific and Technology Associations and Civil Society Organizations.
- FoSTaC is to be steered and managed by each State/Union Territory (“UT”) who would create an action plan and mobilise food businesses and other Training Partners to undertake the training.
- FSSAI has set up a website (https://fostac.fssai.gov.in) for managing the training program, assessment and certification.
- All the States/UTs are needed to designate a senior officer as a Nodal Officer for FoSTaC to implement the policy. They are also required to fill in and submit the FoSTaC form within 4 weeks.
- Under Section 16(3)h of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 the FSSAI has to ensure training of persons who are, or intend to become involved in Food Businesses, whether as FBOs or employees or otherwise.
- The policy to make training and certification mandatory for all Central and State licensees was discussed in the 20th CAC Meeting held on 22nd August 2017 and approved in principle by the Food Authority in its meeting held on 21st September 2017.
- All States/UTs have been advised to initiate a special drive to take up and facilitate FoSTaC for the licensed FBOs under their respective jurisdiction immediately. The training is to be made mandatory in phases over the next two years.
Source: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Attached)